by Brenda Jank
Collectively and personally, Covid-19 is draining our buckets at a rate few are equipped to replenish.
More than once God reminds us that his “arm is not too short” – that he is able.
My dear friends, God’s arm is strong and his bucket is full, overflowing, and ready to refill our emptiness and satisfy our weary souls.
How does God accomplish this mighty, transformative work? He invites us to rest in him.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most HighPsalm 91 NIV
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Rest is near and dear to the heart of God, yet glaringly absent from our lives.
We know how to run hard.
We don’t know how to rest well.
Bottom line – rest is not a reward.
You can’t earn it.
You don’t deserve it.
It is not a sign of weakness or inability. Rest is a matter of obedience, stewardship and delight.
It is a priority (a call to sanity) that is too important to neglect.
Rest equips us to the run the race in a power not our own.It is time for God’s people to engage – guilt-free.
Will you join us on this journey to revolutionize the race we are running and the rest we are meant to enjoy?
We are a group – 1,700 people strong, that gathers around the theme, “Run hard. Rest well.”
It is a journey into the heart of God that comes to us through an on-going exploration of four biblical rhythms that revive, replenish, and restore: Sabbath Keeping, Sleep (and other simple stress-reducers), Stillness – personal prayer, and Solitude – personal retreat.
It is an expedition that challenges us at every turn.
It convicts us in deep, tender places.
It alters our priorities and plans. It is not for the faint of heart.
It is adventure at its best – as we learn to run the race in a power not our own.
Note: This post is part of our original series on rest. We are re-posting some of our favorite articles because we believe they are just as important today as ever. We hope to encourage and inspire you and those you love and lead to REST WELL through this time of Covid-19 crisis, comeback, and recovery. Onward!
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Brenda Jank is a thought leader in the arena of Restorative Wellness. Find additional resources and support for yourself and those you love, lead and serve at www.RunHardRestWell.org.